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Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (1997)

by J. K. Rowling

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Series: Harry Potter (1)

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119,79819481 (4.29)7 / 1834
Rescued from the outrageous neglect of his aunt and uncle, a young boy with a great destiny proves his worth while attending Hogwarts School for Wizards and Witches.
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    TomWaitsTables: You want an explanation? Read The Books of Magic; if you loved Sorcerer's Stone, which is about an ordinary boy discovering a whole new world where he finds a future larger than he had ever imagined, you will love Neil Gaiman's The Books of Magic. If you ever find yourself thinking that after an awful lot of sequels and years of a multi-billion dollar franchise being squeezed for every Knut, that the world of Harry Potter has lost its magic, I urge you to rediscover it again in The Books of Magic. There is nothing else to say; there is only awe and wonders.… (more)
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Harry Potter's life is miserable. His parents are dead and he's stuck with his heartless relatives, who force him to live in a tiny closet under the stairs. But his fortune changes when he receives a letter that tells him the truth about himself: he's a wizard. A mysterious visitor rescues him from his relatives and takes him to his new home, Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.

After a lifetime of bottling up his magical powers, Harry finally feels like a normal kid. But even within the Wizarding community, he is special. He is the boy who lived

There is a dangerous secret object hidden within the castle walls, and Harry believes it's his responsibility to prevent it from falling into evil hands

But doing so will bring him into contact with forces more terrifying than he ever could have imagined.

When I first started reading this book it was for my son at bedtime and by the second night, I was staying up late to continue reading it. The characters are wonderful. The magical world that J.K Rowlings has built in this book is just wonderful and she does a wonderful job describing it and drawing you in. I can’t wait to continue the adventures with Harry, Ron and Hermione. Happy reading everyone!! ( )
  thepageladies | Oct 2, 2022 |
Harry Potter's life is miserable. His parents are dead and he's stuck with his heartless relatives, who force him to live in a tiny closet under the stairs. But his fortune changes when he receives a letter that tells him the truth about himself: he's a wizard. A mysterious visitor rescues him from his relatives and takes him to his new home, Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.

After a lifetime of bottling up his magical powers, Harry finally feels like a normal kid. But even within the Wizarding community, he is special. He is the boy who lived

There is a dangerous secret object hidden within the castle walls, and Harry believes it's his responsibility to prevent it from falling into evil hands

But doing so will bring him into contact with forces more terrifying than he ever could have imagined.

When I first started reading this book it was for my son at bedtime and by the second night, I was staying up late to continue reading it. The characters are wonderful. The magical world that J.K Rowlings has built in this book is just wonderful and she does a wonderful job describing it and drawing you in. I can’t wait to continue the adventures with Harry, Ron and Hermione. Happy reading everyone!! ( )
  thepageladies | Oct 2, 2022 |
Here's what I wrote in 2008 after this read: "What to say . . . The first of the most famous series of the early turn of this new century. Phenominally successful, series widely credited with bringing many children to / back to reading." ( )
  MGADMJK | Sep 27, 2022 |
First time I’ve ever done this. Reread the book and rewatched the movie together. Back and forth over two days. Great book and great movie. ( )
  jimmylarue | Sep 23, 2022 |
4.75 ( )
  Jonez | Sep 23, 2022 |
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One can reasonably doubt that "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone" is going to prove a classic of children's literature, but Rowling, whatever the aesthetic weaknesses of her work, is at least a millennial index to our popular culture. So huge an audience gives her importance akin to rock stars, movie idols, TV anchors, and successful politicians. Her prose style, heavy on cliche, makes no demands upon her readers. In an arbitrarily chosen single page--page 4--of the first Harry Potter book, I count seven cliches, all of the "stretch his legs" variety.

How to read"Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone"? Why, very quickly, to begin with, perhaps also to make an end. Why read it? Presumably, if you cannot be persuaded to read anything better, Rowling will have to do. is there any redeeming education use to Rowling? Is there any to Stephen King? Why read, if what you read will not enrich mind or spirit or personality? For all I know, the actual wizards and witches of Britain, or America, may provide an alternative culture for more people than is commonly realized.
 

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Rescued from the outrageous neglect of his aunt and uncle, a young boy with a great destiny proves his worth while attending Hogwarts School for Wizards and Witches.

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Harry's a wizard
studies magic at Hogwarts
fights possessed teacher
(asbunny)
A wizard child
saves his school from a Dark Lord
and makes some new friends.
(marcusbrutus)
Orphaned a baby
but growing up unknowing
he is a wizard
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Went with a strange man

because he gave me chocolate.

Almost got murdered.

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